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happened in kaufman, texas. the second incident was related to a shooting that happened in colorado, but the suspect died on the left side of the screen there, in decatur, texas. now the third one which happened this weekend, saturday, it happened back in kaufman county. in a town called forney, texas. so these are the three. of these three, it is the shootout in decatur we have covered quite a bit on the show. that was two weeks ago when the prison's chief in the state of colorado was shot and killed when he answered the front door of his home in monument, colorado. the same gun used to kill him, tom clements, was later used two days later in decatur, texas, in a shootout with police and sheriff's deputies that ended with the suspect dead. the suspect was a colorado ex-con, known to be associated with a prison white supremacist gang. there's still no motive for the tom clements killing, but they say bomb making materials were found in the suspect's car. after he allegedly shot the prison's chief in colorado, where was he heading with the bomb making materials when he was driving th
of kaufman county prosecutor you to the fullest extent of the law. >> that was texas district attorney mike mcclelland after one of his prosecutors was shot dead in february. on saturday, mclelland himself and his wife were shot dead. the killings, just months after the state of taxes warned the aryan brotherhood might be plotting retaliation after 34 white supremacists were charged in texas. coloradoan still reeling after the head of the colorado prison system was shot dead by a white supremacist who then led -- fled to texas who was killed then in a shoshootout. sentenced to death because he is black? the case of duane buck, a former texas governor and one of the lawyers who prosecuted him are now urging the state to block his execution. the cleanup continues in arkansas after an exxonmobil pipeline burst, leaking thousands of barrels of canadian tar sands oil. we will speak with bill mckibben of 350.org. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. the energy giant exxon mobil continues a clean-up of thousands of b
officials for assassination. the latest victim, kaufman county district attorney mike mclelland. he and his wife gunned down in their home southeast of dallas. this is the same county where less than two months ago, assistant district attorney was killed as he walked to work. officials have not yet publicly linked the two killings. but this morning there is tightened security at the courthouse and that community clearly on edge. our george howell is there live from kauffman, texas, with this developing story. what's the latest? >> john, good morning. no new leads in this mysterious murder case. investigators are not any closer to narrowing down a suspect in this case. but we are, john, hearing from several public officials here and they say this, they believe that these two men worked very closely together on different cases and they believe this may have been a revenge hit. now at this point, please here are not officially linking these killings, but the unanswered questions have consumed this community with fear. >> we're going to find you. we're going to pull you out of whatever hole you
, and the small dallas suburb certainly on edge this morning. george howell is live from kaufman, texas, and george i know investigators, they're not saying a lot yet are they in terms of any more on these, killings. >> brooke, no. they're not. and you know, as far as linking these two killings, they're not doing that either. but when you talk to people here in town, when you talk to public officials, they do make the point, they say that these men, these prosecutors worked very closely together on similar cases. many people believe the people we spoke to believe that this may have been a revenge hit. again, police are not linking the killings, they are not giving any more information as to what they've already put out there, but the unanswered questions, brooke, in this case have this community consumed with fears. >> we're going to find you. we're going to pull you out of whatever hole you're in, we're going to bring you back and let the people of kaufman county prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. >> reporter: a promise from kaufman county, texas, district attorney mike mc
people including two prosecutors in kaufman, texas. about 30 miles southeast of dallas. in the last 72 hours the search for clues has narrowed it to two locations and apparently one man. we have two reports tonight beginning with manual bojorquez. >> investigators search the storage facility saturday about 10 miles from where the murders happened. they pulled a white crown victoria from one unit. also multiple guns, ballistic tests are being done on the weapons to see if they are connected to the murders. just a day before the search focused on the kaufman, texas, home of a man who knew the victims. eric williams. williams is a former kaufman county justice of the peace. he was fired last year after being convicted of stealing computer equipment from the county. >> there's three monitors missing. one's on your desk. >> uh-huh. >> right now. where are the others. >> reporter: assistant district attorney and district attorney mike mclelland prosecuted the case against williams. hase was killed in january, mclelland and his wife were found shot to death in their home last month. williams
now know. police have no suspects and no real motive for three murders in kaufman county, texas. longtime district attorney mike mcclelland and his wife cynthia were found dead in their home last night. a source says investigators found shell casings from a semiautomatic rifle. just two months ago mcclelland vowed to put away the scum who murdered his assistant d.a. mark hasse. rietz nouz, the kaufman county sheriff isn't linking the killings. authorities with beefing up security for other county officials. cnn's ed lavandera is tracking this story in kaufman, texas, tonight. ed? >> reporter: in two months two high-profile prosecutors and the wife of one of those prosecutors have now been gunned down in kaufman county, texas, a great deal of uncertainty and fear spreading through this community and a lot of people focusing on what the aryan brotherhood supremacy group might have to do with all of it. >> anything you people can do to accelerate getting our hands on this scum will be appreciated. >> reporter: mike mcclelland's tough-talking texas swagger was on full display when h
and anxiety in texas. no new leads, no new suspects, and no end to the uneasiness in kaufman county, texas, over who gunned down their district attorney and his wife. a shakenmourned the loss as the couple was laid to rest. their murders are part of a troubling trend across this country, a spike of violence against law enforcement officials. mcclelland's d was killed two months ago. his killer remains at large. colorado's prison chief was murdered last month. the man suspected in his death was killed in a shootout by the police. authorities are still looking for a member of a white supremacist group that might have been involved and a west virginia sheriff shot to death while eating lunch in his car. his killer is in the hospital after being shot by police. out front, george howl is in kaufman, texas, with this small community that is very much on edge. >>> wreaths on store fronts and in fronts of the courthouse. a community now in morning as the kaufman county district attorney and his wife were buried friday, couple shot nearly one week ago in a brazen attack inside their own home with n
killing could be part of a wider plot. he was district attorney for kaufman county, texas just southeast of dallas. there with the latest on what a paurnt reveals and what might be involved in this and what are you learning. >> look at the warrant used to go into the house. both victims were shot several times and many rifle casings were found by their bodies. they were found two nights ago at 6:45, but it appears they were killed before then because friends were trying to call them. they could have been killed up to 24 hours before their bodies were found. what happened here has terrified and mystified the community. fbi investigators marching into the district attorney's office space in kaufman county courthouse. an ominous scene and a nightmare. mike mclellan and his wife and the killing of one of his assistant district attorneys is causing grave concern here and throughout the state of texas. >> i suggest everybody be careful about what goes on and i think this is a clear concern to individuals who are in public life, particularly those who deal with very mean and vicious individuals
.com >>> "crime and punishment" and an arrest with the connection of a killing of a kaufman county, texas district attorney and his wife. the killer or killers remain at large. and most importantly, the chill that this and two other killings have sent through the criminal justice community that is now tangible. we're going to talk about that shortly with jeff toobin, a former prosecutor and john miller who has worked in local and federal law enforcement, now at cbs. first the latest from kaufman, texas. >> reporter: if law enforcement is anywhere close to solving the case of the murdered district attorney, his wife and his assistant prosecutor, nobody is saying. >> i'm not going to discuss anything about the evidence that's been found, due to the ongoing nation of the investigation. >> reporter: the kaufman county sheriff's office and fbi are staying very tight-lipped about virtually everything in these investigations, including the evidence. although we saw deputies checking on tire tracks and skid marks about a block away from the home of district attorney mike mcclelland and his wife cynthia. d
and a confession and at least an implicit explanation in the murder of those two prosecutors in kaufman county, texas. the assistant d.a. killed in january, the d.a. himself, and his wife killed in march, as of today, finally, we know who did it. or at least who has confessed, and it is not what people expected to hear in this case. on a normal news day, that kind of thing might lead the national news. but also today, the white house announced that it, too, has received a letter in the mail that's tested positive for the poison ricin. this comes one day after a republican senator from mississippi received a letter yesterday. the late breaking news is a mississippi man is under arrest for sending both of those letters. we know what the letter said, we know who is in custody, we are now just waiting for the final lab results on what exactly was in those letters. in the midst of that worry, there were several other suspicious letter or package incidents reported in a number of other places in the country, including one letter that shut down carl levin's office in michigan. another incident involv
justice after one of his top deputies was killed outside the kaufman county courthouse. today it was mclelland and his wife who were found shot to death inside their home. martha shade has the latest and whether authorities believe there's a connection to the two murders. it was a chilling discovery this morning at the home of the kaufman county's district attorney. neighbors woke up to flashing blue lights and streams of police tape as they learned of the violent deaths of mike mclelland and his wife cynthia. >> "its really hard to imagine something like this happening in your neighborhood. we lived here for years and we've never had anything like this happen before." the mclellands were gunned down inside their home late last night.almost exactly two months after assistant district attorney mark hasse was shot to death outside of the kaufman county courthouse. authorities have to wonder could these killings be a part of a much larger scheme to target criminal justice officials? kaufman city mayor william fortner told cnn's morning show.he thinks so. >> "it has to be targeted
. how a paperwork mistake allowed his alleged killer to walk free. >>> taking no chances in kaufman, texas, armed guards at the courthouse where prosecutors are trying to figure out who would want them dead. >>> from dunk city to the city of angels, the coach who steered florida gulf coast to a stunning upset lands a new gig! >> and a fat paycheck. >> i hope so. good morning, welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans this tuesday morning. >> and i'm john berman. zoraida is off this week. as christine said, it is tuesday, april 2nd, 5:00 a.m. in the east, and we start with major news overnight. >>> an aggressive move in the nuclear standoff with north korea. while you were sleeping, north korea announcing plans to restart a nuclear power plant that had been idle for six years. the yongbyon nuclear complex is said to contain the uranium enrichment facility and a nuclear reactor. it was moth balled in 2007 as part of an agreement with the united states and four other countries. meantime, pyongyang has a propaganda video playing on state tv. here here here's. >> reporter: the messa
. >>> there is fear and anger in kaufman county, texas, after the murder of a district attorney and his wife over the weekend. mike mclelland is the second prosecutor in the area killed in as many months. this comes in the wake of the murder of colorado's prison chief last month. investigators say they are examining any and all leads. gabe gutierrez is with us from kaufman county texas, tonight. gabe, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. according to a search warrant released this afternoon, police are looking at several things including -- and they say that the d.a. and his wife were shot multiple times. they are now subpoenaing cell phone records looking for clues. so far there is no evidence to definitively link any of the murders. today under the watchful eye of armed guards employees reported for work. >> definitely concerned. >> reporter: that concern comes as a manhunt is under way for a killer. district attorney mike mclelland and his wife cynthia were found shot to death in their home saturday in what local officials call a brazen, targeted attack. federal authorities tell nbc
into the district attorney's office space in kaufman county courthouse. an ominous scene and a nightmare. mike mclellan and his wife and the killing of one of his assistant district attorneys is causing grave concern here and throughout the state of texas. >> i suggest everybody be careful about what goes on and i think this is a clear concern to individuals who are in public life, particularly those who deal with very mean and vicious individuals whether they are white supremacy groups or the drug cartel s we have. >> as of now it's not known who is responsible for the killings, but it is soon there related. in december, the state of texas issued a warning. high ranking leaders of the aryan brotherhood inflicted mass casualties of death on law enforcement involved on indicting members a month early. on january 31st, a man parked his car in this lot and going to work at the courthouse a block away. a masked gunman stepped out and he was shot and killed. the county's chief public defender andrew jordan ran to the parking lot minutes after. >> i got there roughly the same time. >> he didn't know wh
or more on car insurance. >>> there appears to be significant news regarding the murder of kaufman county texas district attorney mike mclelland and his wife. since the killings were discovered saturday, speculation about who committed that crime is centered on a possible connection to the aryan brotherhood of texas, a white sue premise gang who has been prosecuted by kaufman county d.a. the assistant d.a., the same county, was shot and killed in a parking lot outside the kaufman county courthouse. killed at a time when sources say he was heavily involved in investigating the aryan brotherhood of texas. mike mclelland who was his boss, the man responsible for finding hasse's killers, mclelland talked to the associated press after the killing about the possibility that the aryan brotherhood may be responsible for that murder. so speculation about this particular prison gang having connection to the two murdered texas prosecutors, that speculation has been based on widely known circumstances of the activities of that office and also on the words of the kaufman county d.a. himself, prior to
killed a texas prison guard. >> we're waiting for a new conference to begin from the kaufman county sheriff's department. dan springer is live 40 miles outside of dallas. i'm curious if they're closer to solving this thing. >> it's hard to say because they've been so tight-lipped but there's a news conference and we hope to know more. minutes. it's significant because they have not said anything publicly in three days. sunday was the last news conference and they didn't say much then. so much of the reporting around this case has been on speculation, who or what groups might have a motive to kill these public officials. we know police took the cell phone and tested the hands of this man for gun residue one hours of the murders saturday. eric williams is a former justice of the peace convicted of stealing government computers. he and his attorney told reporters he had nothing to do with the murder but he had death threats he made. he lost his job and law license and is serving two years probation. his conviction is on appeal. he's not been named a suspect or person of interest. >> sh
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fear and signs of tighter security. the kaufman county courthouse employees being walked in by armed guard. no prosecutions here, the district attorney's office is closed after the city's top prosecutor and his wife were murdered in cold blood saturday. they were shot multiple times with an assault rifle after an unknown gunman broke into their home. >> i would be less than honest if i told you i was not worried. >> reporter: kaufman district attorney mike mclelland's murder came only months after mike hasse was executed by two masked gunman. at the time, mclelland vowed his deputy's killer would be caught. >> we're going to find you. we're going to pull you out of whatever hole you're in. >> reporter: now mclelland has been murdered and prosecutors across the state are on alert some with 'round-the-clock police protection. >> obviously we're under attack. >> reporter: one prosecutor talked about warning from his wife when he left for work. >> she told me be careful. told me she loved me. i told her to be careful as well. so we will be probably calling one another quite a bit during
in kaufman county, texas, where investigators have been trying to solve the murders of district attorney, his wife, and an assistant d.a. here he is. former justice of the peace eric williams was arrested over this past weekend on an unrelated charge. they're not calling him a suspect or a person of interest, ed lavandera following developments for us this morning out of dallas. ed, good morning. >> good morning, brooke. we've paid a lot of attention to kaufman county over the last few weeks. a lot of people under a lot of duress, unease about what exactly has been going on with these murders. last night, a prayer walk there in the kaufman county square at the courthouse where these two prosecutors worked. these people praying for a conviction and an arrest in this case. and now a lot of attention being paid to this former justice of the peace, eric williams was, who was prosecuted by mark hasse about one year ago. this house belongs to a former kaufman county justice of the peace named eric williams. on friday investigators spent hours combing through the house. then on saturday, those inves
to bring you back and let the people of kaufman county prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. >> nbc's gabe gutierrez is live for us in kaufman, texas. as you can manning, so stirring to watch the words of the district attorney there, knowing that he and his wife were ground down in their home even though he was warning people to be on alert. >> reporter: yeah, that's right. many people here in kaufman county can't believe it. as you mentioned, security has been stepped up here at the kaufman county courthouse throughout the morning. we've seen armed guards escort some of the county employees into the building. now, the d.a.'s office is also closed to the public. governor perry spoke out today. local officials have asked him to replace the d.a., which he must do under state law and he says he will do that as soon as possible. this is the 13th u.s. prosecutor that has been killed since the national association of district attorneys began keeping count back in the 1960s. the big questions now are about the investigation. authorities here are still very tight-lipped. not releasi
the possibility that a killing of kaufman county d.a. mike mclelland and his wife cynthia might be the work of a lone man with a grudge, a fired local official. ed lavandera broke the story and he joins us now. what do we know about this person? >> reporter: we know that since mike hasse, the first assistant prosecutor who was killed as he was walking to work in kaufman county, we know authorities have been starting from scratch, going through all the case files, anderson, trying to figure out if buried in those files, there might be a clue as to who might have had a grudge against these prosecutors and want to kill them. we have talked a lot over recent days about perhaps the aryan brotherhood or a drug cartel being involved but now we're getting an indication that authorities are looking much broader than that. one of the cases they're looking at is a public corruption case, a man by the name of eric williams who was a former justice of the peace there in kaufman county. he was convicted on burglary and theft by a public servant last year and sentenced to two years probation. that case wa
the evidence that's been found, due to the ongoing nation of the investigation. >> reporter: the kaufman county sheriff's office and fbi are staying very tight-lipped about virtually everything in these investigations, including the evidence. although we saw deputies checking on tire tracks and skid marks about a block away from the home of district attorney mike mcclelland and his wife cynthia. deputies announced an arrest but for something else. nick morales charged with making a terroristic threat and being held on a $1 million bond. >> during the course of the investigation, into the murders of mike and cynthia mcclelland, a threat against the safety of a county official was received. the threat was then investigated, leading to the arrest of mr. morales at a location in kaufman county. >> reporter: regarding the mysterious killings, though, no arrests yet. authorities telling us groups ranging from the aryan brotherhood to drug cartels are being investigated and nobody should focus entirely on any one group, or individual. one such individual is this man, eric williams. a former justice of
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to explaining an apparent vendetta on prosecutors in kaufman county texas of dallas. it was monthed ago when we brought you this video of hasse gunned down in the parking lot. this was hasse's boss and how he reacted to it. >> i hope that the people that did this are watching because we're very confident that we're going to find you. we're going to pull you out of whatever hole you are in and we are going to bring you back and let the people of kaufman county prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. >> and that was what mike mclelland said back then but today texas law men, the fbi and many others are now also searching for his killer or killers. yes, of the man you just heard from, mike mclelland and his wife cynthia, as well. they were both found dead in their home in nearby forney, texas on saturday evening. for the moment the kaufman county sheriff won't say the killings are connected. other officials will. some are seeking a potential link with last month's killing of the colorado prison chief. the main suspect there was killed in a texas shootout. i'm going to stop here and bring i
, a texas prosecutor has been shot to death. mike mcclellan, the kaufman county district attorney, and his wife, were both found murdered in their homes in dallas over the weekend. one official says it appears the double murder was a targeted attack. the murders come eight weeks after mcclellan's top prosecutor was shot dead steps away from the county courthouse. the case took on more urgency when there are reports of a possible link with a white supremacist group. mcclellan vowed to bring the killers to justice. >> i hope the people that did this are watching because we're very confident that we're going to find you, we're going to pull you out of whatever hole you're in and we're going to bring you back and let the people of kaufman county prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. >> and now he's dead. what's going on in texas and who is responsible? joining me now live from kaufman county courthouse in texas is tris tristin and editor thank you both for being here. >> thank you. >> give us the latest on the investigation. >> reporter: i'm sorry. i didn't hear that. >> i said, give
? >> mark hasse was the federal -- was the chief felony prosecutor in kaufman county. he reported directly to district attorney mike mclelland, one of the people we just talked about who was murdered over the weekend. mark was on his way to work at the kaufman county courthouse when he was gunned down in broad daylight by one or two assailan assailants. witnesses conflict in their description of exactly what they saw, but it was a brazen killing that shocked everyone and now two months later it just feels like a body blow up. in kaufman county and in dallas as well. >> greta: was there ever a suspect in the first murder or even a motive determined in the first murder? >> no, immediately after mark hasse was murdered federal, state and local law enforcement officers obviously assumed it had something to do with their professional responsibilities as prosecutors and began gathering up possible cases that might have led someone to get angry enough or frustrated enough at this attorney's office to literally kill people. and those cases include some that were conducted against members of the a
over the weekend, kaufman county district attorney mike mcclellamcclella mcclelland and his loving wife cynthia. governor perry paid tribute to their life today. >> people choose this line of work because they believe in making a better community, a safer community. i've often said that a life given to public service is a life well-lived and mike and cynthia gave their all in the service of their community. >> at a press conference with local and federal investigation officials, governor perry announced the reward for convictions have been raised to $200,000. officials say the investigation continues and is too early to say who is responsible. authorities have no hard leads, only theories. they are investigating ties to a mexican cartel and a local gang and looking at former employees. they are also investigating this group, the aryan brotherhood of texas, a white supremist gang. joining me now from kaufman county, texas, is nbc news correspondent gabe gutierrez. gabs, thanks for being here tonight. >> reporter: good to be here, al. >> do authorities think there could be a connection wi
the murder of a direct attorney. kaufman county, texas, d.a., mike mcclellan, and his wife incident cynthia were found shot to death in their home over the weekend. police are stepping up security to protect other district attorneys. that is where we start. here on "america's newsroom." welcome back to you. martha: good to be here. very nice week off, thank you. thank you. hey, everybody, i'm martha maccallum. this is a terrible story. bill: sure is, yeah. martha: local leaders there at this point trying to calm everybody down. watch this. >> this appears that it was not a random attack t appears to be targeted. so i don't think the community at large is in danger. best thing we can do is remain calm, remain supportive of the mcclellan family and those handling the investigation and continue to look out for each other. martha: the murders come a few months after assistant district attorney mark haas was gunned down in the courthouse parking lot. bill: dan springer live on the story in kaufman, texas. are the investigators linking these murders, dan? >> reporter: the other murder, by the way
killed about two months ago walking to work there in kaufman county, we know that authorities have been starting from scratch, going through the case files, anderson, trying to figure out if buried in the files there might be a clue as to who might have had a grudge against these prosecutors and want to kill them. we have talked a lot over recent days of perhaps the aryan brotherhood or a drug cartel being involved and now an indication that authorities are looking broader than that and a case welcoming at an a public corruption case, a man by the name of eric williams, a former justice of the peace there in kaufman county convicted on burglary and theft by a public servant and sentenced to two years probation. that's a big case there in that small community. we spoke with his attorney today and we were told that on saturday night, hours after mike and cindy mclelland's bodies were found, investigators met with him at a denny's in kaufman county and told by the attorneys that they wanted to take a hand swab to be able to test it for gun residue. we don't know the results of the tests an
of sunnyvale, outside dallas, texas this afternoon to remember kaufman county district attorney mike mclelland and his wife cynthia. the couple was found shot to death inside their home over the weekend. their murders came two months after the county's assistant district attorney mark hasse was shot and killed. before today's memorial service, texas governor rick perry announced he had doubled the reward to $200,000 for information leading to arrests in both cases. >> we cannot react with fear. we gotta react with resolve. and our local, state and federal authorities are pursuing every lead, exhausting every line of inquiry in a relentless pursuit of those who are responsible for these crimes. >> woodruff: no suspects have been identified, but some attention has turned to a state prison gang-- the aryan brotherhood of texas. on tuesday, the assistant u.s. attorney in houston who was to head the prosecution in a 2012 case involving 34 members of the white supremacist group, stepped aside from that role. he cited security concerns, according to an attorney for one of the defendants. >> i
. we begin tonight with nbc's gabe gutierrez in kaufman county, texas. gabe, good evening. >> reporter: peter, good evening. today the local sheriff here said that he will increase security at the county courthouse, this as local police and the fbi try and figure out whsomeone would kill yet another public official. a chilling crime, now a murder mystery. >> unnerving to the law enforcement community. it is unnerving to the community at large. >> reporter: on saturday, police found the bodies of kaufman county d.a. mike mcclelland and his wife cynthia after a friend or relative couldn't reach them. sources tell local nbc station kxas an assault rifle was used to kill the mcclellands. authorities say today security will be tightened. >> there will be v
and let the people of kaufman county prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. >> reporter: investigators had been looking into whether the assistant d.a.'s murder was connected to another high-profile killing of a public official, colorado prison chief tom clements. the suspect in that case who was part of a white supremacist group was later killed in a police shootout in north texas. months before in december, the texas department of public safety had issued a state wide bulletin warning of credible information that the aryan brotherhood of texas was actively planning retaliation against law enforcement officials. but so far federal authorities tell nbc's pete williams they haven't found any solid connection among the murders. the mayor of forney, the town nearest to the latest crime scene, is urging residents to stay calm. >> it appears that this was not a random event, that it was a targeted attack. >> reporter: but in this small community outside dallas, neighbors are nervous. >> it is very scary for something like that to happen so close to home. >> reporter: in a rec
of tighter security. the kaufman county courthouse, employees being walked in by armed guard. no prosecutions here today. the district attorney's office is closed after the city's top prosecutor and his wife were murdered in cold blood saturday. they were shot multiple times with an assault rifle after an unknown gunman broke into their home. >> i would be less than honest if i told you that i was not worried. >> reporter: kaufman district attorney mike mclelland's murder came only months after one of his top deputies, mark hasse, was
members might try to attack police or prosecutors. kaufman county d.a. mike mclelland and his wife were found shot to death in their home over the weekend. officials are also looking for a connection to the county's assistant district attorney gunned down near the courthouse two months ago. at the time mclelland had this promise for the killer. >> we're very confident that we're going to find you, we're going to pull you out of whatever hole you're in, we'll bring you back and let the people of kaufman county prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. >> so far no motive or arrests have been reported in either of those cases. >>> this morning there are chilling new details about the alleged killer of colorado corrections chief tom clements. court officials say that evan spencer ebel who allegedly shot clements at his home in colorado last month was mistakenly released from prison four years early due to a paperwork error. ebel was later killed in a shootout by texas authorities. police are looking into the possibility of a link between the colorado and texas slayings. >>> there's s
with the murder of the kaufman county district attorney and his wife. martin savidge on the phone. bring us up to date. >> reporter: good morning, carol. i had a conversation with the kaufman county jail and they are refusing to give any comment about the latest development. it is quite a bombshell. according to "the dallas morning news," the wife of a former justice of the peace. he's already being held in the kaufman county jail for making a terroristic threat, but 46-year-old kim williams was apparently booked into the kaufman county jail at about 3:00 this morning. and she has been charged with one count of capital murder. now, remember, this is the county that has been shocked by three murders, including the district attorney a couple of weeks ago, his wife. they were brutally murdered. gunned down in their own home and then the assistant district attorney, gunned down at the end of january. that sparked a massive federal and local investigation. that has looked in many different directions. the former justice of the peace is one of the avenues they have been investigating. eric williams
of kaufman county prosecutor and district attorney mike mcclellan and his wife last month. she says her husband pulled the trigger. he has not been charged. if two men who had been killed, prosecuted williams for theft. he was convicted and fired from his job and sentenced to probation. >>> turning to business, where it's been a bumpy ride on wall street this week. today's week lly jobless claims could determine if they snap back or deepen in across-the-board losses. apple shed nearly 6%. the slide came on the heels of reports of dwindling demand for the ipad mini. >>> and google is barring anyone chosen for a pair of its $1,500 google glasses from selling or loning out the eye wear. the terms of service states, quote, you may not resell, loan, transfer or give your device to any other person. google reserves the right to deactivate the device. >>> this is probably a good time to announce i'll be getting a pair. but they won't leave my hands. >>> comiing up, mike allen join me for the latest of what's next for the president's gun control legislation after yesterday's crippling blow in t
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